Grateful Dead Live at Milwaukee Auditorium on 1978-02-04
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- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
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AUD> MC> R> C> DAT> CDR> EAC> CD; Re-mastered via the OwensÂs Brothers Vault. ; via Raoul Duke; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon
- 2004-04-05 12:48:35
- AUD> MC> R> C> DAT> CDR> EAC> CD
- Milwaukee, WI
- Audience Recording
- Taped by
- Milwaukee Auditorium
Subject: Brewers were Pilots
This tour was short: 3 Chicago shows, Madison, Milwaukee and...Cedar Falls (where?). The last three have, since 2000, been treated like a run due to their release, in part, on Dick's #18. It's essentially an early Road Trips release, but makes some poor track choices (and the Chicago shows are just as good). This Milwaukee date is the least represented on that release (just All Over Now & Dupree's). The show is not as good as the night before, but better than the next night (and the most consistent of the three, overall). It was a dropped-ball when DiP18 didn't include more of this show, since it has several highlights not circulating on SBD. They booked Milwaukee again for just 5 months later, but had a rainout. Wisconsin has always been a Dead stronghold market (c. f. the 20 Alpine Valley shows, mostly all good), and they played this 4000-seat theater again in '80.
1st Set. The set starts solidly above average, and though Me & My Uncle was played (and listened) to death, this is an unskippable, A- version. Same with Row Jimmy, which has a great solo and the drummers are ON. Beat it On Down the Line-13 is average '78, like the rest of the set, except for a standout Candyman. Deal is better the next night and All Over Now was a weird, substandard pick for DiP18 - is there no complete Betty in the vault?
2nd Set. Six and a half minutes into Samson it just freaking takes off. Dupree's is an average, straightforward read, but one of only two in '78 (so maybe it was included on DiP18 for the history). This Terrapin shows how Donna was initially a crucial element to the song. Playin' is one of the jazzy-type versions that cropped up throughout '78. The rest is average '78 but for an amazing, best-of-78 Black Peter. Check out that interplay - active, bluesy, nailed. The SBD has a 30sec cut @6:50 (I spliced-in a pitch corrected AUD, with fine results).
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3½ stars
Me & My Uncle - vanilla pick, sure, but a great version is still better than fishing
Row Jimmy - Check the solo and the drummers
Candyman - Sometimes it's this solid
Black Peter - bluesy, not sluggish, and they play off each other
SOURCES: The 1st set only circulates as an AUD of unknown prodigy (vernon_12199), but sounds good! It does runs a bit fast and needs pitch correction of -1%. The second set (bertrando_reel_wise) is a Betty Board, so nuff sed.
Subject: Nothing at all wrong with this recording
Subject: Good Start to 1978
Subject: Cool show. Pitch is a bit sharp (plays too fast)
Subject: Great '78
I'd estimate the quality of this audience recording to be in the top 25% of audience tapes, and it's pretty consistent throughout. The "Deal" and "Samson and Delilah" (over 9 minutes long) are crushers.
Subject: Under-appreciated show
I'll buck the tide a bit and say I have no use for the laryngitis shows. But something magical happened on 1/22 (maybe it was Kesey :) and from Eugene through this run every show is just outstanding. Jerry is playing with fire, conviction and a sure touch.
The sound quality is not so great on this aud. But scoop the mids and jack Phil up and it's more than listenable. Soundboard snobs should reconsider for this one. It's a keeper.
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: yay for row jimmy!!!!!!
And for anyone who was wondering: The sound quality of this show isn't top notch but it sure is an awesome show! I don't know if you can tell from these files, but there was unbelievable energy! A lot of the songs don't have an ending... they were so pumped that they went from song to song! The solos are sweet and other than some less than perfect sound quality, the show is awesome.
Subject: Dave Marsh doesn't count
Great Black Peter with shredding cresendo. Superior Around and Around, Sat Night way up there too.
I do not take Dave Marsh seriously when it comes to the Grateful Dead, he is one of their detractors and he just does not matter or carry any authority on the subject.
There are always these nay sayers on the Dead, let them be, too bad for them they didn't get it, Because it was fuckin' unbelievable fun, and then some.
Maybe they knew some amiable dirtbag Deadhead and formed their opinion of the band based on that. Fuck 'em.
Subject: Killer Dupree's
Subject: Really good stuff
surprise this show is!
Subject: grit teeth, adjust sound
Subject: If you love 2/3 and 2/5
Around has much of the energy and a few of the classic bends of the JB Goode from the night before.
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